Stress-related sleep reactivity is associated with insomnia, psychopathology and suicidality in pregnant women: preliminary results.


University Psychiatric Clinic, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana- AUOP, Italy. Electronic address: [Email]


Depression and anxiety symptoms are commonly experienced by women during pregnancy and may have negative consequences on mothers and newborns. Deterioration of sleep quality throughout pregnancy increases insomnia, which may lead to adverse outcomes including increased psychopathology in the perinatal period. Thus, identifying women at high risk of developing insomnia may have important clinical implications on maternal-fetal outcomes. Stress-related sleep reactivity is a well-established risk factor for future insomnia, depression, and anxiety in general adult samples. However, little is known of sleep reactivity and its relations to sleep and mood pathology in pregnancy. Therefore, we explored sleep reactivity in pregnant women and its relations to prenatal symptoms of insomnia, depression, anxiety, and suicidality.


Anxiety,Depression,Insomnia,Pregnancy,Sleep reactivity,Suicidality,